When the creation process is finished, and you have your final product there comes a time when it needs to be sent on its way.
For some artists this is the hardest part, because as soon as you show it to someone else there is a risk. What if they do not like it? What if they think it is (fill in the blank with your fear of choice)
I had an odd dream last night where there was a piece of magic which was in the form of a really cute A-line dress. ( I did say it was an odd dream.) The problem was you could remove the magic spell, but if someone complimented the dress it would reset the spell.
I woke up wondering why a single compliment would have such power. It struck me as really odd because I knew that a single negative comment could have that sort of power, but a compliment?
Why wouldn’t it be that powerful? A single compliment can change my outlook on the whole day. In my dream there was a man who kept saying it is all about the belief, you give it power.
It occurred to me that I know many creative types who will listen to any number of extremely positive things and then let one slightly negative comment will convince them that the work is horrible. When I am being objective, I see how silly this is, but I know that I can fall prey to the same thought process.
The accompanying graphic today is a seamless tile that I designed for a fabric design contest. I entered it last night at spoonflower.com. That contest has not started yet, and I am waiting on the results of the current contest, for a graffiti/street art fabric. I know that this contest is a vote based contest so it has as much to do with how many people you can get to vote for you as it does about it being a good design. I have to keep in mind the reason I created it, and remind myself, it is all about the belief and that it is the compliments that I want to give power.